Black beans (frijoles negros)

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time135 mins
  • Serves20
  • DifficultyEasy
900g black beans
4.75L water
240ml plus 4 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 large onion, chopped
8 garlic cloves, mashed or chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
8 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper, optional
1 tsp dried oregano
2 bay leaves
50g granulated sugar
240ml dry red wine
60ml vinegar
1) Wash the beans and soak overnight in the water. When the beans swell, cook in the same water until soft, about 45 mins.

2) Heat 240ml oil in a frying pan, add onions, garlic and green peppers. Add 175g of the cooked beans to the pan and mash.

3) Add this to the beans together with the salt, pepper, if using, oregano, bay leaves and sugar. Allow to boil for a 1 hr then add the wine and vinegar allowing to cook uncovered for a while. Add the remaining 4 tbsp olive oil just before serving.

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